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Media Bias: Not Just in Politics

July 19, 2016
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Just prior to the time I first wrote this article, all hell broke loose when Gizmodo, a design and technology blog, reported that Facebook routinely suppressed news stories that would be of interest to conservative readers.  It was further disclosed that editors at Facebook had been manipulating topics that “trend,” a top-ten list of the most […]

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National Purebred Dog Day 2015: A Review

May 11, 2015

Now that National Purebred Dog Day 2015 is in the rearview mirror and there’s been a chance to assess and reflect, can the day be considered a success, and if so, by what measure? Did it have an impact, what can be learned from it, and where do we go from here? To answer one […]

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Game Day and the Game Plan

April 22, 2015

In about a week, we’ll be celebrating National Purebred Dog Day. Technically, it will be the second time the day has been observed, but the first time since the State of Colorado officially recognized it last month. Since its inception, the guiding force behind the day is to “celebrate the diversity, heritage and predictability of […]

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Bad Behavior Gone Viral

July 11, 2014
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Something unfortunate happened at a recent national specialty that was later described to me by a fancier of the breed.  As the story goes, someone had sent an anonymously written letter to the board of the breed’s national club, as well as to every judge approved for the breed. The letter systematically dismantled the attributes of […]

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National Purebred Dog Day: What Did it Mean?

May 7, 2014
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A funny thing happened last week. A holiday that didn’t exist a year ago was celebrated by dog owners across the world from Mongolia to New York and points in between.  National Purebred Dog Day was conceived in the corner of a coffee shop, initially out of surprise at the discovery that no day had […]

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The Elevator Speech: Part I

December 30, 2013
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Last week, a curious thing happened on a Facebook page I started back in October. A casual post I’d written was shared over 222 times within a few hours, and this astounded me.  In the post, I included an e-mail I’d written to an artist who had declined my offer to highlight her artwork on […]

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(Dog) Community Doesn’t Burn Down

June 17, 2013
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Long before the movie, “Independence Day” appeared in theaters, my husband liked to opine that the only thing that would unite a squabbling human race was a space alien bent on the destruction of our species. A less cosmic version of his hypothesis was on display last week when unlikely partnerships were made of foes […]

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The Curious Incident of the “Today Show” Report on Facebook

May 9, 2013
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For some days now, I’ve been pondering a series of exchanges I had on NBC News’ Facebook page, and more specifically, in response to the Today Show’s “report” on the AKC.  For those just tuning in, the Today Show ran a segment last week called the “Rossen Report” which alleged that the AKC wasn’t doing […]

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If Perception is Reality, Are Purebred Dog Owners and Breeders Losing?

November 29, 2012
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Hypothetically speaking, let’s say you’re on your way to an appointment and pass someone wearing this t-shirt as you walk to your destination.   What is your gut reaction? What if they’re wearing the shirt below?  How about a shirt that has these words on its front? Is the sentiment below not as offensive because […]

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